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84% of global smartphone shipments in Q3 were Android devices

The latest metrics are in from Strategy Analytics looking at the share of the global smartphone ecosystem held by each mobile operating system. The numbers show that Android is by far the most popular mobile operating system out there. Android captures 84% of the global smartphone market share for Q3 2014.

Fingerprint-locked smartphones may be used as evidence

A ruling by a judge in Virginia Beach in an attempted murder case may very well change how the court views fingerprint-locked gadgets as evidence in ongoing cases. The judge granted the prosecutors petition to have access to the defendant's smartphone, saying that unlike password or pin protected devices, biometrics is considered a physical object and so you can be compelled to relinquish it, just like DNA or fingerprint evidence.

Latest Q3 2014 IDC figures show Xiaomi now 3rd in smartphones shipped

While some brands and markets may have already plateaued when it comes to smartphone consumption, there are still those in the emerging market that have just found their stride, as more options become available to the consumers. Samsung and Apple may still be top in terms of quantities shipped, but other brands, particularly the curious case case of Xiaomi, are playing catch-up to the big boys, indicating the shift in terms of which regions or countries OEMs should focus on.

Another pharmaceutical chain drops NFC payments

A few days after Rite Aid pharmacies announced they were not accepting any more payments from NFC mobile payment systems like Google Wallet, another one has followed suit. Fellow drugstore chain CVS if also discontinuing the payment system used by several platforms including the new Apple Pay, but the reasons may be self-serving (as expected) although highly inconvenient for customers who have only just started using mobile payments.

Google Now ahead of Siri, Bing in search result accuracy

Smartphone, smartphone in my hand, who's the fairest of them all? Aside from our bad rhyming skills, the answer to that question must be fairly obvious, but in the interest of those who want actual numbers and statistics, a study conducted by SEO consulting firm Stone Temple showed a clear winner in the battle of the digital assistants. A test conducted on the built-in search assistants from Google, Apple and Microsoft showed that, of course, the search giant was miles away in terms of accuracy of results, although it might be lacking in the fun department.

Consumer Reports look into #bendgate, Galaxy Note 3 is strong

We all know about the trending issue about Apple’s new iPhones – at least we assume most of us know, those who have not lived under a rock these past few days. The short version of it is that some owners of the new iPhones have made very public statements about the strength of the frame of the phones, claiming that the devices could easily be bent under strong but usually normal pressure.

Amazon, Apple makes family sharing easy, Google misses out

With almost everyone owning a smartphone or tablet these days, these mobile devices have become more than just individual, private experiences but sometimes even familial ones. Realizing that families would sometimes want to manage their mobile experience as, well, a family, Amazon and Apple have revealed features in their new operating systems that makes all that not only easy but even more engaging as well.

Android L to offer devices encryption as default out-of-the-box

Just to set things straight, encryption of personal data has been available to Android users since 2011. It was one of those features that users rarely talk about and never get around to using. But with the spate of high-profile leaks of personal data – videos, pictures, and the like – a lot more people are now looking to security features in devices to protect sensitive and personal data. Enter Google’s announcement that the next Android operating system release – presently known as Android L and set to be launched pretty soon – will have encryption turned on by default for devices which will carry the new OS.

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 coming in October

In the excitement leading up to Samsung’s official announcement of their new Galaxy Note 4, they released several videos hyping up the S-Pen capabilities of the phablet. And when it was finally announced two weeks ago right before IFA 2014, the next question was: when will it finally be available for purchase? Well, the OEM has now sort of answered that question through another video, and Note fans will have to wait a few more weeks to finally get their hands on the newest member of the family.
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